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Change expiration date of a tape

Post by vir_db » Feb 01, 2018 1:59 pm

Dear All,

I should change the retention period of a tape that was made last years and that it's currently offline.
Let me explain:

We have 4 media pool, with different retention: Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly.

Last year, I moved a tape from Monthly media pool to the Yearly one, but the expiration date wasn't updated.
This year the tape job was made directly against the Yearly media pool and the expiration date it's OK.

By the database point of view, them are in this state (from [VeeamBackup].[dbo].[Tape.tape_mediums]):

id name media_time last_write_time outdated media_set_type
63B8EB2B-0E11-45C7-8A7F-24A46BE64B8D IT-XXX1-M07 48:41.0 NULL 1 NULL
345B8C54-0174-4359-9731-9B08ACC1CA52 IT-XXX1-M07 57:37.0 26:02.2 0 0



The first row is last year tape, the last row is the new one

I already tried to modify just this table (of course, in a test evironment) in order to fix the retention of last year tape, but seems it's not sufficient. Maybe other table are involved, but I don't know which ones.

There are other ways to achieve my goal?

Thanks a lot and best regards

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Re: Change expiration date of a tape

Post by v.Eremin » Feb 01, 2018 6:29 pm

You can either enable a write protection on a tape and erase it whenever the right time comes (sort of manual retention) or reach our support team and modify the db under their close supervision. Thanks.

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Re: Change expiration date of a tape

Post by vir_db » Feb 02, 2018 7:14 am

Thanks, but write protection cannot be configured with a date. I have to remember when remove the protection... Yearly retention is 10 years :) I cannot remember what I eat yesterday... I really thinks that this cannot be an option. Thanks in any case

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Re: Change expiration date of a tape

Post by v.Eremin » Feb 02, 2018 11:04 am

Yep, that's exactly what I meant by "manual retention". In the meantime I do understand that this option is far from ideal. So, reaching support team looks like the easiest path. Thanks.

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